Telugu poet Dr. K Siva Reddy has been awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018 for his
collection of poetry titled ‘Pakkaki Ottigilite (Turning Aside While
Suresh Chitturi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director
of Srinivasa Farms, has become the first Indian and Asian to be elected as
Chairman of the International Egg Commission (IEC).
The first-ever National Nutrition
Survey have been conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
(MoHFW) and UNICEF between February 2016 and October 2018 to measure
malnutrition. The key findings of the survey: nearly 10% of children in the age
group of 5-9 years and adolescents in the age group of 10-19 years are
pre-diabetic, 5% are overweight and another 5% suffer from Blood Pressure (BP).
The International Astronomical
Union (IAU) has named an asteroid after Indian classical singer Pandit
Abhishek Singh (IAS) has been appointed the CEO of
MyGov India, the government’s citizen-centric online platform.
‘The Gandhian Challenge’ have
been launched by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog’s Atal Tinkering
Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India on the occasion of 150th birth
Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Coimbatore-headquartered company
‘Elgi Equipments’ has bagged the coveted 2019 Deming Prize for
Total Quality Management (TQM).
On the occasion of 150th birth
anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar bagged the ‘Most
Effective Swachhata Ambassador’ award by the President Ram Nath Kovind for
making use of his popularity and fame to ensure India achieves its goal of a
‘Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat 2019’
report: · Cleanest railway stations in the non-suburban group
of stations: Jaipur; · Cleanest railway stations in the
suburban group of stations: Maharashtra’s Andheri station ·
cleanest railway zone 2019: North Western Railway Zone.
IRCTC will compensate passengers of
India’s first corporate train – New Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express – in
case of delay in the train schedule. An amount of Rs 100 will be paid in case
the delay is for over an hour and Rs 250 for delay of over two hours.
On the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th
birth anniversary, India’s largest ‘charkha’ (the 1,650-kg spinning wheel) made
of used plastic waste was inaugurated by Smriti Irani in Noida.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
inaugurated the Swachh Bharat Diwas 2019 in Ahmedabad &
declared India as Open Defecation Free (ODF) country. He also released
postage stamp and silver coin to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of
Mahatma Gandhi. PM Modi also underlined that the government would achieve its
target of single-use plastic-free India by 2022.
Indian Oil Corporation has launched drive to convert the
single use plastic waste into specialized bitumen (CRMB55) that can be
used for construction of roads and highways.
The World Trade Organisation hosted
the first-ever World Cotton Day (WCD) in Geneva on 7th October
Indian Army has started its first-of -its kind
biggest ever mountain combat exercise titled ‘Him Vijay’ in Arunachal
Harmanpreet Kaur has become the first Indian
cricketer to play 100 Twenty20 Internationals.
Rohit Sharma from India has become the first-ever
batsman to score hundreds in each innings of his maiden Test as an opener.
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain
has become the youngest-ever cricketer to take a hat-trick in T20I.
The Nobel Prize 2019 for Physics
has jointly been awarded to three scientists – James Peebles, Michel
Mayor and Didier Queloz – for their ground breaking discoveries
about the evolution of the universe and the Earth’s place in the cosmos.
The Nobel Prize 2019 for Chemistry
has jointly been awarded to three scientists – John D. Goodenough, M.
Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino – for the development of
lithium-ion batteries that we use in everyday life from mobile phones to
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or
Medicine 2019 was awarded jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir
Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza ‘for their discoveries of
how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability’.
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk
has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature.
Austrian author Peter Handke
has been honoured with the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has
won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his efforts to end his
country’s long-running border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee,
his wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer have jointly won the 2019
Nobel Economics Prize for their experimental approach to alleviating global
Books written by Abhijit Banerjee:
‘Volatility and Growth’, ‘Understanding Poverty’, ‘Making Aid Work’, ‘Poor
Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty’, ‘Good
Economics for Hard Times’.
India’s first e-waste clinic
is being set up in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
The 5th edition of the World
Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy has been organized by the MIT
World Peace University in Pune on October 2.
The Indo-Mongolian Joint Exercise
– Nomadic Elephant 2019 started.
Ramesh Pandey has been selected for the
prestigious UNEP’s Asia Environmental Enforcement Award for his
excellent work in combating transboundary environmental crime.
The Reliance Mutual Fund has
been renamed as Nippon India Mutual Fund (NIMF). The name change came
after Nippon Life Insurance of Japan completed the acquisition of 75%
stake in Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management from Reliance Capital.
India has slipped sharply by 10
places to rank 68th on the 2019 WEF Global Competitiveness Index.
The first Government-sponsored and
operated day-care cum recreation centre for senior citizens has been
inaugurated in Leh.
India and Japan performed the joint
military exercise ‘DHARMA GUARDIAN-2019’.
The book titled ‘How to Avoid a
Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need’ has
been authored by Bill Gates.
Noted environmentalist and social
activist, Chandi Prasad Bhatt has been awarded the Indira Gandhi
award for national integration for the years 2017 and 2018.
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu
has been conferred the highest Civilian Honour of Comoros — The Order of the
The West Bengal government has
decided to set up a Kanyashree University at Krishnagar in Nadia
district and Kanyashree colleges across the state.
Joint military exercise ‘Vajra
Prahar’ between India and the United States gas started.
Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have
jointly won the prestigious 2019 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for their
novels – ‘The Testament’ and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’, respectively.
India has been ranked 102nd
out of 117 nations at the 2019 Global Hunger Index (GHI).
The World Food Day (WFD) is
observed every year on 16th of October. The 2019 theme is ‘ur Actions
Are Our Future, Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World’.
In West Bengal, the joint military
exercise ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japanese
Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) conducted at Air Force Station – Arjan Singh in
Panagarh town from October 17 to 23.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted
its bilateral joint exercise ‘Ex-Eastern Bridge-V’ with Royal Air
Force Oman (RAFO).
India’s longest Chenani-Nashri
road tunnel that links Kashmir with Jammu will be rechristened after Dr
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. This is 9.2 km long tunnel on NH 44 that reduces
the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km.
UAE announced the establishment of the first
graduate-level, research-based AI university – Mohamedbin Zayed University
of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) – in the world.
The first-ever India Innovation
Index (III) has been launched by NITI Aayog in order to promote
competitiveness among the states. Karnataka has topped the index.
Debayan Saha, an IIT Kharagpur alumni, has
invented a device called ‘PM 2.5’ which he claimed when fitted near the
silencer pipe in vehicles will curb air pollution.
The book titled ‘Mind Master:
Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life’ has been authored by Indian Chess
legend Viswanathan Anand.
Former IMF chief Christine Lagarde
has been appointed the new chief of the European Central Bank (ECB).
Book ‘Bridgital Nation’ has
been authored by Chairman of Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran and Roopa
The 18th Summit of Heads
of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) 2019 held at Baku,
the capital of Azerbaijan. Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu led the
Indo-Maldives joint military exercise
‘Ex Ekuverin – 2019’ conducted.
On the occasion of 2019 World Food
Day (WFD), the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) has launched its
global cinema campaign ‘Feed Our Future’ in India.
Actor Deepika Padukone and
shuttler PV Sindhu has been named the ambassadors for Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s new initiative called ‘Bharat Ki Laxmi’ movement.
Pankaj Kumar, IAS has been appointed as the new CEO
of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
To celebrate the 550th birth
anniversary of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev, India and Pakistan have
recently signed the landmark agreement to operationalise the historic Kartarpur
Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, just about 4 km from the International
Boundary. It will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with the
Gurdwara at Kartarpur in Pakistan.
India has been ranked 63rd
among 190 countries, as per latest Doing Business Report (DBR, 2020) of
World Bank (WB).
Cyclone Kyarr was the first Super Cyclonic storm
in Arabian Sea in last 12 years.
Ex Shakti -2019 is a joint counter-terrorism drill
between Indian and French armies.
Ayushmann Khurrana has joined hands with UNICEF and
Ministry of Women and Child Development to raise awareness and speak up against
sexual abuse of children.
The Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
conferred life membership to Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee.
On October 26, 2019, in the city of Ayodhya
4 lakh earthen lamps were lit along the banks of Sarayu River to create World
Government of India has accorded ‘Maharatna’
status to public sector undertaking’s (PSU’s) Hindustan Petroleum
Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Power Grid Corporation.
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde
has been appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI).
Bollywood actor Vidya Balan
has been honoured with Youth Icon Award from London’s Imperial
The Union Government has launched
India’s first ever common foundation course – ‘Aarambh’ – for
probationer civil servants at the Statue of Unity, Kevadia, Gujarat.
Argentine diplomat Rafael Grossi
has become the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy
Tamil Nadu has become the first State in India
to enact a law on contract farming after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent
to the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services
(Promotion and Facilitation) Act.
Hindi writer Leeladhar Jagoori
has been honoured with the prestigious 28thVyas Samman for
the year 2018 for his poetry collection- ‘Jitne Log Utne Prem’.
Sophie Wilmes has taken office as the first female
Prime Minister of Belgium.
On the occasion of World Cities Day
(WCD-2019), UNESCO has announced that Mumbai and Hyderabad have
been designated as Creative City of Films and Creative City of
The 35th Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit 2019 started in Bangkok, Thailand. During
5-days summit East Asia summit (EAS) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Summit
(RCEP) was also held.
The Spanish capital city of Madrid
will host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) from 2nd to 13th
December 2019. The decision was taken after Chile withdrew as host for the
event due to the ongoing street protests.
Russia will be the partner country at the
Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019) in Goa.
ICC bans Bangladesh captain Shakib
Al Hasan for 2 years over corrupt approaches.
J&K and Ladakh formally become
UTs under J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019. With this, India now has 28
states and 9 UTs.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist group,
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was killed in Syria during a US-led
BJP’s (Bharatiya Janata Party) Manohar
Lal Khattar was sworn in as Haryana’s chief minister (CM) for a second
Former Indian Administrative Service
(IAS) officers Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur were
appointed as first Lieutenant (Lt) Governors of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and
Sourav Ganguly took over as the 39th President of
the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Prior to his appointment, C K
Khanna served as the interim president.
University of Salford in Greater
Manchester, England honored Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle (86) with
an honorary Doctorate of Arts degree.
Greta Thunberg & Divina Maloum won 15th
International Children’s Peace Prize for 2019.
Kerala’s nun Mariam Thresia
receives the title of ‘Saint’, 93 years after her death.
2nd India-China Informal Summit
The second informal summit between the Prime Minister (PM) of India Shri
Narendra Modi and the President of the People’s Republic of China Mr Xi Jinping
was held in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, on 11-12 October 2019.
India ranks 106th in Latest
FIFA Rankings, Belgium tops the list.
Book: ‘Becoming: A Guided Journal for
Discovering Your Voice’ by Michelle Obama.
Books: ‘The Daughter from a Wishing
Tree: Unusual Tales About Women in Mythology’ by Sudha Murty.
Books ‘Markendya Purana’ and ‘The
Bhagavad Gita’ by Bibek Debroy.